HT1449: iTunes for Mac: Moving your iTunes Media folderLearn about iTunes for Mac: Moving your iTunes Media folder
Currently Being ModeratedApr 16, 2013 7:50 AM (in response to davidfromgillingham)
Setting the preference in the Advanced preferences only sets where iTunes will put new content. That does not change where it looks for existing content. You should never manually move folders unless you intend to rebuild your library. Otherwise you break the connections iTunes has to the files. The way you should move tracks is to avoid moving things yourself, set the location for the iTunes Media/Music folder in the Advanced preferences, and then use the Consolidate command. iTunes will move the tracks to the new location itself and update the path names in its database file.
As it is now, you may be able to recover by moving the media folder back to its original location. If that restores the connections, then confirm that the location in the Advanced preferences is where you want it to be now, then use the Consolidate command again.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 16, 2013 8:59 AM (in response to varjak paw)
Thanks for a superbly clear explanation - I'd got very confused reading posts elsewhere.
I'd still got the old files in the old location, so all is well. Consolidating is now happening, and it's copying files correctly.